All posts by jhnidk

Tips for adding website thumbnails to your site

Adding website thumbnails on your website, can make your website stand out from the crowd and give your users the advantage of getting a sneak preview of other websites before the user has even clicked on the link, which typically results in more clickthroughs.

In this post you will get links some of the different services that delivers thumbnail services, and tips to the integration on your php based site.

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Show popular posts in WordPress

In the standard setup WordPress is capable of displaying a list with the last 5-10 published posts. However it might also be interesting to show the most popular posts to your users, since these posts might increase the stickiness of your site, and also increases the SEO value of these pages. So the aim of this post is to give you a quick guide to how you can implement a list with the most popular posts to your WordPress blog.

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Faster Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a great tool for getting detailed insights on user behavior and traffic on your site.  Normally the standard implementation from Google Analytics works fine but if you’re looking for opportunities for optimizing site speed, the possibility to store the Google Analytics javascript file locally might be something to consider. The main  benefit of hosting the javascript file locally is one less external dependency, and often faster download times.

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Tips for speeding up WordPress

One of the big benefits of WordPress is the many plugins that can expand the basic functionality quite dramatically. However the more plugins you’re using in your WordPress blog, the higher is the risk of the blog beginning to be slow and consume a lot of server resources.

A slow and resource demanding blog has several serious downsides. Users are normally not that patient, so if your blog is slow, there is a big risk, that the users will proceed to another blog instead.  High consumption of server resources might get you into trouble with your hosting company, and last but not least, there is strong indication that several search engines like Google might include page speed as part of their page rank in the near future.

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WordPress is now installed – what’s next?

WordPress is a fantastic tool for blogging and publishing content on the web. Especially the many plugins and themes provides a tremendous amount of functionality out of the box. However as a newbie to WordPress, all these possibilities can also be a bit overwhelming.

In this post, we’ll suggest a few things that hopefully can help giving your new site a fantastic start.

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SEO friendly tracking of outgoing links

As a webmaster knowing exactly which external sites your website is driving the most traffic to, can be very useful. With this knowledge you can contact the most popular sites any maybe enter some kind of partnership, or just link even more to these sites, since your audience seems to like these sites.

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Adding special characters to MySQL

When you’re adding data to MySQL, you might experience that MySQL sometimes gives a SQL error in a code that normally works fine.

Typically this is caused by special characters like ‘ ” % in the new data, that conflicts with the SQL used to insert the data into the database. This post gives you some useful tips for handling this situation.

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